Ebola, which first raised its ugly head with a 2 year old boy from Guinea reported a mysterious illness, might well prove to be the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever in recorded history.
Earlier today, almost six months after that first incident, the WHO published a series of essays on this ongoing crisis and officially reported 6,242 cases of the disease, and 2,909 deaths, of which at least 181 were healthcare workers. This toll is believed to be more than the combined total of all previous cases of Ebola casualties, ever.
Today, one of the biggest barriers to control is violence from an impoverished, terrified and shattered population that does not understand what hit it and fights back the only way it can,” the WHO wrote in an essay on Guinea.
“Last week, health workers in several parts of the country were viciously attacked by angry mobs, forcing some medical teams to flee for their lives. One team hid in the bush for more than a day. Others saw their vehicles vandalized and their medicines and equipment collected and publicly burned, as though such acts might work as a “cleansing ritual.”
In this dark hour, the WHO has committed to $400 million to help the worst hit countries of Western Africa.
Speaking on Sept.25 during a special session on Ebola at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim said that this amount will be spent on rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries, and also towards strengthening the health care system in the region.
“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said Kim.
“The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.
As per a world bank release, if immediate steps are not taken to curb the growth and spread of Ebola, it could well mean a deathblow to the already fragile economies of the three worst affected countries.
As a reaction to this report released by the WHO, President Barack Obama called on more nations to help fight the world`s worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying hundreds of thousands of lives were at stake.